Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
3rd DNA
Stated Age
25 years old
American Oak Bourbon Casks & Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
50.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Sep 2011 4:46 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 637.59

40 × in wishlist

71 × member ratings

141 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich MCMLXXXV

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.29 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2020] This dram was distilled in the midst of the last whisky crisis which lasted from 1983 until 1989 and due to budget cuts many whiskies from that period are of a rather below-average quality. But it seems this one is an exception...

    ...and indeed, it is! This is a perfect old-school sherry maturation without any flaws but a lot of highlights like these adorable chocolatey flavours with a powerful backing of oranges and other fruits. Anyone out there who does not like orange-infused high-quality chocolate? Great stuff to quaff!
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a delicate and flawless sherry profile which is in good balance with both the malt and wood. It is more of the herbal-driven type so I guess the sherry casks were coopered using European oak. After some breathing the nose releases more malt-induced aromas of barley sugars and floral-grassy notes which are a nice addition to the sherry. I like this nose. After a longer oxydation leathery aromas join in together with whiffs of furniture polish. The wood grows stronger, too. By the way, this is one of the few drams that smell better out of a standard Glencairn glass than out of a big spheric blender's glass.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is driven more by the sherry flavours (which is by no means bad) and it focusses on different chocolate notes (both milk and dark) with pieces of citric fruits (mostly oranges and sweet grapefruit). It is nicely layered with some coffee beans popping up later, this is adorable! No flaw or imbalance here either and the wood is about to be perfect in this setting. Water is not needed because it does not improve neither the nose nor the taste - the neat dram is perfect as it is.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming on the palate but the coating effect is limited. No distracting bitter or astringent moments during this mouthfeel. The finish is of medium length and adds more of the delicious dark chocolatey flavours together with spices (you know, my favourite combo). There is a minor bitter impression towards the end which reminds me more of tobacco or green tea than of heavy tannins and it is not distracting at all.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Bruichladdich 25 year (MCMLXXXV) 50.1%

    N: Rich, milk chocolate, dark berries, but also peach, nectarine, butterscotch, wispy smoke, pencil shavings, creamy fudge and tobacco leaf

    P: Chocolate orange, Mexican chocolate, dark berries, but also some peach and thoughts of something tropical. Some Caramilk bar as well

    F: Slightly spicy, milk chocolate, chocolate orange, bergamot, creamy, long, pencil lead

    Thoughts: Fantastic laddie, not quite the old school sherry bomb the marketing team wants you to believe it is, but certainly some nice elements are there. It’s got lots of fruit and chocolatey notes with some tobacco leaf, pencil shavings and wispy smoke, but to me it leans more towards the bourbon cask notes. Nevertheless, the casks became good friends and it all works very nicely.


  3. Der Franke scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    One of the few laddies that I really enjoyed. Very complex and multi-layered and with the 50.1% with an ideal drinking strength.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Rosebanker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    For this Limited Edition release, Master Distiller Jim McEwan has married some of the best casks in the warehouse.
    From the mid-1980s, traditional American Oak Bourbon Casks bring classic creamy vanilla notes and some of the last of the fabulous sherry butts.

  7. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "The third edition in Bruichladdich`s DNA series, examining the component

    parts that make the distillery`s whiskies tick. This one marries

    together some of their best casks of the 1980s - their final batch of

    sherry butts. Bottled at cask strength and limited to only 1665 bottles,

    this is one for all fans and collectors of Bruichladdich."


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